House Speaker Pelosi News Conference CSPAN March 14, 2019 2:18pm-2:36pm EDT
leader with a republican down the street willing to move this through regular order is extraordinary. for those reasons i will be voting against the resolution of disapproval and i encourage my colleagues to the same. thank you, mr. president. >> again the senate voting on that resolution to block president trump's national emergency declaration set to start any moment. by the way, senator tillis who you just saw there is a no vote on the declaration. you can watch the senate debate live our on our companion network c-span 2. earlier today, house speaker nancy pelosi spos to reporters about the mueller report vote and the f.a.a.'s grounding of boeing 737 max airplanes. the house is not in session next week.
ms. pelosi: good morning, everyone. will you ready for st. patrick's day weekend coming up? we will shortly be welcoming the president of the united states and the prime minister of ireland to the capitol for bipartisan, bicameral luncheon to honor st. patrick. and the bue i have to immigration tour country as people coming from ireland. i said to -- i'm going to say as a toast to them that my grandchildren, i don't have irish grandparents, but i have irish grandchildren. and they have this toast. dance as if no one is watch, love as though you've never loved before, sing as if no up with can hear you and live as though hetch is on earth. o beautiful. i asked is that a tradition in your father's family? they said no, that's something
we saw on a poster in an airport. i'll tell you this which i think is very funny, see if you think it's funny. when they had the first -- ronald reagan, president reagan, speaker tip o'neill, coming together, setting differences side on the irish lunshon -- luncheon. the luncheon had the president, the speaker, the 16 members of congress, 12 of them from massachusetts. [laughter] different now. any -- anyway, here we are. this is a special day for us beyond the wonder of st. patrick, today on the senate side, the senate will hopefully vote for the constitution of the united states to uphold the oath of office we all take by again voting to reject the president's unconstitutional measure that does violence on the constitution. that's a good thing.
we'll then send the bill to the president. in the house we voted to protect the truth for the american people. overwhelmingly. i think over 400 votes. four voted present, everyone else voted for the mueller resolution. which would ensure that the american people get the truth. we will send that bill over to the senate. as we meet for this -- leave for this district work period, members are going home again to talk about what we promised. for the people. lower health care costs by lowering the cost of prescription drugs. bigger paychecks by building infrastructure of america in a green way. an cleaner government. we're so proud to have passed h.r. is last friday to that end. in regard to the other two categories here and even some legislation has been marked up in terms of moving us closer to passing an infrastructure bill will work, something in both of
those areas, lowering prescription drug prices, building infrastructure to areas that the president has said he wants to work on together. we are moving in that direction, in the bipartisan -- in a bipartisan way. at the same time we're very dismayed by the president's budget. the budget is supposed to be a statement of our national values. what's important to us as a nation should be reflected in how we allocate our resources. i'm fond of saying around here, show me your value, show me your budget. the budget that the president put forth cuts $2 trillion out of medicare an medicaid. the list goes on and on about things. that it does. steals $2 trillion from medicaid and medicare. hurting farmers and hungry families by slashing $220 billion if the snap food
assistance and cutting agriculture department budget by almost 15%. pushes affordable college further from reach by cutting $207 billion from student loan initiatives. and endangering lifesaving medical research by cutting $5 billion from the national institutes of health. how can it be if there is scientific opportunity, almost a iblical way to save lives. power to cure. if we have scientific opportunity i believe we have a moral responsibility to fund it and that is bipartisan in the kuok -- in the house and the senate. including cuts at the national cancer institute and continue the demand for billions of wasteful dollars for his ineffective wall. in addition to what i mentioned, we were pleased this past week to have introduced h.r. 5, mr.
cicilline's bill for communities to have full access to be protected fully by the civil rights act and h.r. 6, the legislation to help our dreamers, temporary protective the folks, and also legislation of the week before. so i talk to the outside friends , grooseroots activists and the rest, who are thrilled about h.r. 8, the bill to end gun violence. it provides gun violence revention and also 1112 that closes the south carolina loophole. with our regional agenda, for the people, additional protecting the dreamers, etc., protecting lgbtq, and also again ending gun violence in our
country. we have quite a remarkable legislative achievement as we go forward. by the time we will have been here 100 day, shortly after we come back, we'll have even more results in these -- in this regard. and one more, net neutrality we talked about last week which will come to the floor shortly after our return. we have a full agenda. we're making progress. that's what we said we would do. with transparency, with as much bipartisanship as possible, and in a unifying way for our country. any questions? reporter: you said in your comments reported this week about impeaching the president just isn't worth it. if the mueller report comes back and suggests criminal activity in the white house, could you change your mind? ms. pelosi: it's not worth our
time. 40% of american people can't withstand a $500 expense, a broken water heater, car trouble, whatever. our focus is health care, cleaner government, issues like that. it is not worth our time to take our attention from that. and find somebody in the public who is feeling that financial focusing on one thing and another, but not financial interests, if the mueller report comes back with information, i don't think we should impeach a president for political reasons or not impeach him for political reasons. but you have to be ironclad. we'll see where it takes us. congratulations. reporter: what in your view was
major rourke's accomplishment in congress? ms. pelosi:: he brought vitality to the congress he came as a real champion for the environment. he got a great deal of support from the environmental community in his district. he won in a primary on that subject. and also he was a member of the armed services committee, strong member of the armed services committee, which is very important for his district. preserving our planet and protecting our people, there are at least two areas in addition to his vitality in so many other ways. i think all our candidates are great. i say to all of them who ask, be yourself. what you believe in. show them what's in your heart. you can talk about the facts and the figures and they expect you to know that so you have to
demonstrate your why. what is your purpose? why are you running? what do you know about the subjects you know best and can your judgment be trusted on that and other -- for other reasons? how do you expect to get something done? and that's all up here. show them what's in your heart. if you show them what you believe, even if they don't agree with you all the time, they'll trust your authenticity. >> do you think the experience you had here in the house was a strong enough foundation with the oval office. ms. pelosi: you ask me that with the president of the united states? does anybody else have a question? reporter: we have the luncheon today, when you had a good
personal relationship with president george w. bush and used social occasions to talk policy with him. you're not in the same room with the president very often, is there anything you would like to bring up with the president today since you'll be in the room with him? ms. pelosi: no, i don't think we use this occasion for policy discussions other than what we say a at the podium. reporter: not about the budget or -- ms. pelosi: no, the president is a guest now house, we treat him as a guest in the house. the lcome him to welcome --oich, who is lgbtq and the nd whose father is indian.
reporter: what do you think bout the egyptian air crash? ms. pelosi: i know the chairman of our committee, and rick larsen of washington state were right on it. they were getting as much information as they could from the f.a.a. on it. so they could be making a judgment based on fact. the fact that so many countries ad already made their decision again, i was pleased that the president made the decision he made. >> on h.r. 1, there's been criticism from the aclu about it in regards to the freedom of speech issue. as far as 16-year-olds vote, where do you see that going in the future? ms. pelosi: i agree with the aclu on this in terms of legislation. we couldn't be prouder than h.r. 1. this is about easing the role of
big, dark, special interest money in politics and empowering small donors. it's about ending voter suppression, it's about making redistricting fairer. it's -- it's really a source of joy and hope to so many people in the country. i myself personally, not speaking for my caucus, i myself have always been for lowering this voting age to 16. i think it's important to capture kids when they're in high school, when they're interested in all of this, when they're learning about government. to be able to vote. that is not -- in other words some of the priorities in this bill are about transparency and openness and accessibility and the rest. that's a subject of debate. but my view is that i would welcome that. but i've been in that position for a long time. reporter: madam speaker on the green new deal. ms. pelosi: i'll come back to you. reporter: when you made the comment about impeachment, were
you getting worried that some of the members of your own caucus and some of the presidential candidates were getting farther ahead of where really most of you were? ms. pelosi: no, i didn't. i made the comment i made because i make it every week. i've made it july, august, september -- i've made it all through the campaign. i made it in our transition. and i've made it every week. it didn't seem to catch on until i had a gimmick. he's not worth it. so many of you have said to me, why are you saying this now? because i've said it almost every day. but if i frame it that way it gets more attention. i wasn't worried about anything. a longtime member of the ethics committee, and we just followed the facts, those rules of the house and the law. no hearsay, no public, no
subjective attitudes, all objective. rules of the house, law of the land, the facts of the case. and the facts of the case will argue -- will present a different challenge when we see what that is. one last question. >> republican leaders were here an hour ago talking about the green new deal. get rid of jobs, going to raise the price of health care, all kinds of things. what's your response? ms. pelosi: i'm impressed, they care about health care? they who took away the individual mandate, they who devoted scores of time to eliminating the affordable care act? i never knew they had an interest except maybe to take $2 trillion out of medicare and medicaid. as with all the initiatives you're hearing about, they'll go to committee. it has different committees because it has pieces to it. but i'm more excited about the select committee on climate, chaired by kathy castor of
florida, which will be having its hearings, evidence-based, recommendations, some of which will be consistent with what's in the new green deal and some of it might be even beyond that. but i'm not standing by the characterization that the republicans have of anything. unfamiliar as they may be with sending items to committee, not that they ever did, this is what we will be doing is sending it to committee. i do want to absolute, we've been given this respect. not the particulars because we had to take it one at a time. but in the respect of again raising the profile on the issue which is a challenge generationally to preserve this planet. it's a health issue. a public health issue in terms of clean air, clean water. it's a jobs issue in terms of the united states, being pre-eminent in green technologies throughout the world. it's a national security issue. just read what our national
security issues have to say. generals, admirals, again, national security experts have to say about the challenge to global security that the climate crisis is presenting and it's a moral issue. we all have a responsibility to pass this planet on to future generations. and a -- in a responsible way. i myself as a catholic believe, as do many of our evangelical friends and the rest who share our belief that this is god's creation and we have a moral responsibility to be good stewards of it. that is a very high priority. you may not know it was my issue when i was speaker the first time i have welcome any enthusiasm in that regard. as we legislate we'll go through committee to see what the best possible approach. is i wish you all a happy st. patrick's day. we'll is a good deal of activity in the districts in terms of mobilization at the grassroots level around for the people ageneral ta.
lowered health care costs. bigger paychecks. cleaner government. safety with our gun safety bill and the list goes on. thank you all very much. [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2019] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] >> the u.s. senate is voting on a measure to block president trump's emergency declaration and preventing unappropriated funds from being used to construct a border wall with mexico. at least 10 republicans are voting for the resolution and it is expected to pass. the president has said he will veto the measure. if the total of 67 senators